Terrebonne Genealogical Society

TGS Newsletter
Vol. 23 No. 10 February 2005

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Membership, book orders and/or 
     address changes, contact: 
      Corresponding Secretary: Jess Bergeron 
      Email:  jessndot at juno.com
      Phone (985) 876–2348 
      TGS, Station 2 Box 295, Houma, LA 70360-0295 
News items or events, contact: 
     Newsletter Editor  Ed Hicks
      5306 Hwy 1, Raceland, LA 70394-2033 
      E-mail: edhicks at mobiletel.com
      Phone: (985) 532–3586 
   Happy Valentine’s Day 
   Saturday, February 26, 2005
   Main Library, Houma LA         
   1:00 p.m.
Calling all Volunteers
     The Winter issue of Terrebonne Life Lines will be collated at the North Branch Library in Gray on Thursday, February 24th at 1 p.m.
     Come help collate and get your issue early.

Dues - A reminder was put in the last newsletter that dues expire on February 28th and some members have renewed. If you haven’t sent in your dues now is the time to do so. The dues are: $25.00 for Individual Membership; $30.00 for Family Membership (this gives the spouse voting rights); $30.00 Contributing Membership; $22.00 Libraries and Societies. See the Dues Renewal Form on page 3..

 There will be a one-of-a-kind door prize at the February meeting - sort of a Valentine’s gift. I can’t tell you what it is; some lucky person will win it if they are present for the drawing - but we promise you this: everyone will want one and it can’t be bought. So - ya’ll come to the meeting and get your name in the box.
 The Winter TLL is full of names and articles that will be of interest to the members. This issue has 3,440 names in the index. If you want to get your TLL  a few days early, come to the North Branch Library and help with the collating and get your copy! Thank you and 
Attaboy awards to members who contributed articles to this issue: Nancy Wright, Phil Chauvin, Goldie Legendre, and Louis Duet. 
 Thank you also to Wanda Fitch Moore, who transcribed all of the Assumption Parish Tax Sales for 1883 for publication in TLL. This was a tremendous job. Wanda had to work from copy that was very small type and difficult to read. Good job, Wanda!
 Births - Elaine T. Terracina of Thibodaux announces the birth of her seventh grandchild: Dominic Joseph Lasseigne born 17 August 2004, weighing 8 lbs. 9 oz., 21 inches long. Dominic is the son of Dale Alan Lasseigne and Dawn Terracina Lasseigne, of Bayou Blue, and joins siblings Delani, Desi, and Dale Alan, Jr. His paternal grandparents are the late Wilton Joseph Sr. And Elvidge Naquin Lasseigne.
 Deaths - Elizabeth Alice Lowrie Matheson, age 71, died February 10, 2005 in San Jose, California. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth A. Matheson, and a son, Kenneth G. Matheson and companion, Laurie Drew, all of San Jose; a sister, Nancy L. Wright of Houma LA. She was preceded in death by her parents Bertha M. Selkinghaus and John R. Lowrie. She taught special education in the San Jose public school system for many years.
 The cousin of member Roblyn Smith of Westminister CA, Rev. Lloyd H. Wallace, age 83, a native and resident of Thibodaux, died January 14, 2005. He is survived by his wife Bernice Pradd Wallace; daughters, Jacqueline W. Malcolm and Beatrice L. Wallace of Thibodaux; son, Lloyd H. Wallace Jr. of Mission Hills CA, nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Charles W. and Leona Ricks Wallace, and one sister, Anita Wallace. Funeral services were from Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Thibodaux with burial in Moses Baptist Church Cemetery.
 The aunt of member J. Dwain Broussard of Pasadena TX, Marie Grace Broussard Raborn, age 86, died in Houston on 24 October 2004. She was born in Opelousas in 1918 and moved to Houston in 1935 where she attended Massey Business College. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Louie H. Raborn, two children (and spouses), and two grandchildren. She was the daughter of Julian Broussard and Eula Stanford Broussard (from the Terrebonne Parish Stanfords).
 Correction - Lorraine Wise told us the house that we were calling the Ayo house has been renamed by LSU. After researching this, they deemed this should be called the Jean Baptiste Germaine Bergeron house. It still connects to the Ayo family with family ties. It has been accepted by LSU to be restored in the Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge LA.
 Attention Genealogy Book Authors - Please consider donating a copy of your book to the Archives at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux LA. This is where they house the genealogy collection and you would be doing a good deed as several of the college courses require some sort of genealogy from the student. Anything pertinent to this area is of interest to the Archives. Those of you who are researching your family might be interested to learn NSU Archives has a fantastic genealogy collection. Check them out.
 Donation - Dwain Broussard, Pasadena TX,  now works at NASA and is heavily involved in the “Return to Flight” effort. He says he has some excess computer equipment. He has a 19 inch color monitor, a color jet printer, a small 4 port network router, a zip drive, and other items which he will have to inventory. He expects to have at least one, and probably two, computers in the next couple of months in excess. If you need any of these items, contact him. Dwain says it might take him a while but he could get them as far as Baton Rouge. [Houston is only a 6 hour drive to have a donation.] Call him at 281-991-7725 or 281-658-1767 or email him at dwain@hal-pc.org 
 Reprints - Bonnie Beaulieu of Hebert Publications writes she is having reprints of Fr. Hebert’s Southwest Louisiana Records, volumes 3, 4, 5 and 6. If you need any of these, you must let her know now and send advance payment. The cost is $55 per book plus $4 handling and postage. You may contact her at Hebert Publications, P. O. Box 147, Rayne LA 70578, Phone (337) 873-6151, or email bonibeau@bellsouth.net
 Want to Buy - Kathryn L. Richard, 4801 Kawanee Ave., Metairie LA 70006, email kaseyrichard@yahoo.com is looking to buy a used copy of the book Cemeteries of Upper Terrebonne Parish. A marked-up copy will be fine with her.
 Annual Seminar and Meeting - The Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society, P. O. Box 82060, Baton Rouge LA 70884-2060 will hold its annual seminar and meeting on Saturday, April 30, 2005, at the Embassy Suites on Constitution Avenue in Baton Rouge. Genea-logical presentations will be made by John Sellers, Susan Tucker, Judy Riffel, and Beth Stahr, mls, cgrs ?. Judith Lanoux Smith will provide a workshop on the “First Families of Louisiana” program, sponsored by LGHS. Full details are available by writing them at the address above or at their website, http://www.rootsweb.com/~la-lghs/
 8th Annual Angelina College Genealogy Conference July 21-23, 2005 (Thurs. - Sat.) at Angelina College, Lufkin, Angelina County TX. There will be a Southern Connections with a cadre of speakers covering twenty-four topics. Two optional all-day Thursday workshops are scheduled, a Friday evening dinner and speaker, book exhibitors, etc. For full information, go to http:/www.angelina.edu/genealogy/him  Online registration available, or contact Trevia Wooster Beverly at (phone) 713-864-6862, Program Chair, Houston, Harris County TX.
 50th Wedding Anniversary - (From the “Our Past” column in the American Press newspaper (town not given), of Monday, January 17, 2005) 75 Years Ago - Couple Celebrates 50th - Deridder [LA] - “The home of Mr. and Mrs.A. A. Boudreaux, three and one-half miles west of DeRidder, was the scene of hospitality on Wednesday when they entertained at dinner, members of the family, and a few close friends, in celebration of their 50th wedding anniversary.
 “The large country home was most inviting with its baskets of roses, wide open fire-places, and potted ferns.
 “Mr. and Mrs. Boudreaux were married 50 years ago in Thibodaux, and shortly afterward went to Lake Charles to make their home. Their three children were born there. In 1900 they came to DeRidder, and have made their home in this vicinity ever since. Mr. Boudreaux is actively engaged in farming, and Mrs. Boudreaux is known throughout the parish for her skill in the culinary art. At the parish fair last fall, she won several prizes. They are numbered among Beauregard’s most highly respected citizens.” Submitted by Laura Payne of Starks LA.
 On January 20th,  Ed Hicks, Gloria Hicks, Phil Chauvin, Nancy Wright and Essie Cavalier were guest speakers at the meeting of Delta Kappa Gamma which was held in the meeting room of the Houma (main) branch of the Terrebonne Library when they gave a presentation on “How to Get Started” in genealogy. There was a good attendance and although some of the teachers had begun searching their ancestry they confessed they had little spare time to indulge. Most of the teachers said this is one activity they put on the shelf until retirement. Among the group was one of Ed’s former students at Vandebilt. Everyone said they enjoyed the talk. Another person in attendance was Mary Cosper LeBoeuf, Director of the Terrebonne Parish Library System.
 History Detectives - If you’ve ever watched this PBS program you will be interested to know they are searching for any genealogical projects that are being worked on by the Acadian-Cajun community. They contacted Stanley LeBlanc who is webmaster of cajun@thecajuns.com with this request. The History Detectives are planning a few shows of interesting genealogy stories across the United States.
 Obituary Lookups - Brian Oster announces a new capability has been added to the La Societe website. You can search Obituaries using Deceased’s Name, Date, Cemetery, or even use an Every Name search listing anyone mentioned in the obituary (4,388 names in the first three months of the Houma Courier - January through March, 1998). Try either of these sites: or
 New Website - www.acadiansingray.com/ is making its debut and will be of interest to many researchers. Topics include Families, Units, Guides to Unit Rosters, Photo Gallery, Chronology, Cemeteries, Acadian Pioneers, 7 Ship Alpha List, Alpha Index, Maps, and more information is being added daily. There is so much more than just the Civil War period of soldiers. 
 New Book Ready to Print - Watch the March newsletter for the pre-publication notice of the new book by Essie and Marcie Cavalier, Assumption Parish Marriages 1890-1905, Courthouse Marriages, Napoleonville LA. This is a 172-page book of the civil marriages from Assumption Parish, companion to the series of Assumption Parish civil marriage records, the third volume being offered. The marriages are cross indexed by bride and by groom.

 Dues Renewal 2005

Mail to:  Terrebonne Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 20295, Houma LA 70360-0295

(Circle type of membership below)
Individual Membership 
$25.00 Family Membership
$30.00 Contributing Membership 
$30.00 Libraries and Societies 
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 If you desire a membership card, please include a Self Addressed Stamped Envelope

 Directions for filling out the Ancestry Card File Project Form

1. This is a connection building project. Our main purpose is to include in our file the ancestors we have information on as well as those for whom we would like more information. When you consult this file you are trying to find others who are seeking the same people you are seeking or have information on. You must not give the card(s) as a "source." The information on each card is provided  by each submitter and is only as good as their source. To find our their source, you must contact the  submitter.

2. We suggest you start with your five-generation Ancestry Chart and list the sixteen (16) individuals in the fifth generation (if it is completely filled out). If your chart is not complete, yet, then list the individuals at the "ends of the lines" and include as much information as you have. You will have fewer than sixteen. Not to worry. That's the beauty of this system. You may find some ancestors.

3. For "Contributor's name, etc." you may give us as much or as little information as you feel comfortable with. We realize that there are unscrupulous people out there who do evil things with names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses. We hope that the persons using our Ancestry Card File will not be one of those. However, we cannot guarantee this because the library and its files are open to the public. We will assign a code number to each contributor, so if you wish, we will just put that code number on the label and omit your name. Thus anyone with a need to contact you will have to pass scrutiny by a Board Member of the Terrebonne Genealogical Society. Please indicate this choice clearly on your form. Don't just leave blanks, say  that you don't want this information published.

4. There is room for eight couples on the form, which will create 16 cards: one for each spouse. Please include only the information that you are sure of. Do not put question marks or other indications of uncertainty. You may use a blank (underline) when a partial name or date is known. Sources are not needed for our purposes. Copy and paste as many times as you need for the individuals you wish to contribute.

Send your filled out forms to Ed Hicks in care of the Society address, or to his personal mailing address: Ed Hicks, 5306 Hwy 1, Raceland, LA 70394-2033, or bring to a meeting to give to him.

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